Because of my badge, I’m racist?

Justin Walker,
Bennington, VT.

As a police officer I quite often get the “you only stopped me because I’m black” or some variant of that excuse. Well I work the nightshift and it is impossible for me to to who I’m pulling over until I get to the car. Until I get to the car window I don’t know who they are, black, white, purple, pink or yellow. All I know is I’ve stopped this car for going 75 in a 55 mph zone. I know this is a simple interaction and there are many other potential situations that occur, but this is what I feel is a misconception among many people. I can speak for many other officers when I say we are simply trying to do a job. Believe it or not, we are not all bad people.


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